Gary and I had one full day left in Rome after Lance left for Istanbul, and before we would leave to return home. We spent time re-packing and then took the Metro to an area of the city that turned out to be one of our favorite parts of Rome. Piazza del Popolo, bordered on one side by the Tiber River, is the commercial heart of historical central Rome. It was filled with old buildings and statues, with narrow streets, shops, and sidewalk cafes - we loved it.
We enjoyed our last meal in Italy at a little sidewalk cafe set right in the open area of the Piazza.
The next morning we made our last walk along the little side street from our apartment to the Metro station, with our luggage in tow, headed out on our journey home. We traveled on the subway to the main Roma Termini where we caught the Leonardo Express train, taking us the 30-minute route to the Fiumicino airport of Rome.
After a 9 1/2 hour flight, we arrived in Toronto to go through customs, continued on to Chicago, then Omaha, and finally arrived home late in the evening of Sept. 21, with one of our daughters picking us up at the airport. (Thanks, Carrie!)
The trip of a life-time, celebrating our 40th Anniversary, is now history. But the memories continue on. We had planned and saved for over a year for a big trip to celebrate our 40th, thinking we would be going to Quebec City. And one month before our trip, God gave us the unexpected opportunity to fly to Italy instead. A celebration beyond what we had even imagined - we continue to thank God for the incredible privilege of traveling to Italy!
"Now all glory to God, who is able,
through His mighty power at work within us,
to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think."
(Sharing photos of our unforgettable 40th Anniversary Trip to Italy from September 5-21. Click on the links below for other posts in this series ... )